Seraphim Falls

Seraphim Falls

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Director: David Von Ancken

Cast: David Von Ancken, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Anjelica Huston

     
 

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Frequent television director David Von Ancken (Oz and The Shield) offers a thrilling meditation on the true nature of revenge with this post-Civil War era tale of a one man's quest to put his nemesis in the ground, and another man's struggle to survive at any cost. Deep in the snowy mountains of the American West, a lone

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Frequent television director David Von Ancken (Oz and The Shield) offers a thrilling meditation on the true nature of revenge with this post-Civil War era tale of a one man's quest to put his nemesis in the ground, and another man's struggle to survive at any cost. Deep in the snowy mountains of the American West, a lone man named Gideon (Pierce Brosnan) basks, lost in thought, in the warm glow of a small fire. When a shot suddenly rings out and a bullet whizzes just inches from his head, Gideon is suddenly pulled from his repose. His reaction is too slow, however, to save him from the impact of a second bullet fired immediately thereafter; a bullet that painfully lodges itself into the soft flesh of Gideon's tired shoulder. The man who fired these bullets is Colonel Morsman Carver (Liam Neeson), and Carver's goal is to hunt Gideon down like an animal and extract painful revenge for a past transgression that left Colonel Carver forever changed. From this point on, there will be no peace in either man's life as a harrowing game of kill-or-be-killed is played out against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring and deceptively treacherous wilderness where the unforgiving law of the land takes deadly precedence over the civility of modern society.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Though long ago sentenced to hang, the Western genre twice received a reprieve from the gallows in 2007, most significantly with the much-anticipated, big-budget remake of 3:10 to Yuma. First, however, came this independent period drama from respected television director David Von Ancken and screenwriter Abbey Everett Jaques. Its novelistic nature and low profile resulted in predictably modest ticket sales, but Seraphim Falls (2007) is a smart, cynical cowboy epic begging for rediscovery by the genre's fans. The film's opening "attack" sequence, deftly directed by Von Ancken and performed with virtuosity by Pierce Brosnan, establishes the story's essence: it's a chase film, and a pulse-pounding, edge-of-the-seat one that can be enjoyed on that action-oriented level alone. As the script proceeds, however, adhering to the expected structure of pursuit-and-reversal, Seraphim Falls takes a few detours into the deeply cynical, richly character-driven territory frequently visited by novelists Larry McMurtry and Cormac McCarthy. Whether the setting is an isolated farm family's homestead or a rail camp boiling with class and ethnic tensions, the film's frontier is a dirty, racist postmodern West where everyone, including children and indigenous people, is on the take, and where loyalty means a quick, surefire exit to the grave. Brosnan scrambles, panics, quivers, flees, and rages through a career-high performance that is an attention-getting one-two punch on the heels of his welcome display of acting chops in The Matador (2005), while Liam Neeson is solid if just slightly less unhinged than his Captain Ahab-like nemesis role would seemingly require. A third-act shift toward the hallucinogenic and mystical is less welcome than the filmmakers probably realized; it's unclear exactly who or what Anjelica Huston is playing in an intriguing but ultimately puzzling cameo. When Seraphim Falls draws to its conclusion, however, the unexpected but strangely satisfying and thematically honest final scene keeps faith with the rest of the film -- one that, in a fairer world, would inspire filmmakers to take another crack at the genre that can arguably be described as America's version of mythology.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/24/2007
UPC:
5051429701226
Original Release:
2006
Source:
Ais
Region Code:
2
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
80,698

Special Features

Audio commentary with Pierce Brosnan, director David Von Ancken and production designer Michael Hanan; Behind the scenes of Seraphim Falls

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Colonel Morsman Carver
Pierce Brosnan Gideon
Anjelica Huston Madame Louise
Michael Wincott Hayes
Robert Baker Pope
Ed Lauter Parsons
Tom Noonan Minister/Abraham
Kevin J. O'Connor Henry
John Robinson Kid

Technical Credits
David Von Ancken Director,Screenwriter
Gary Barnes Art Director
Conrad Buff Editor
Peter M. Chesney Special Effects Supervisor
Bruce Davey Producer
Mali Finn Casting
David Flynn Producer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Michael Z. Hanan Production Designer
Abby Everett Jacques Screenwriter
John Limotte Associate Producer,Co-producer
Philip Paltern Asst. Director
William Sarokin Sound/Sound Designer
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
John Toll Cinematographer
Stan Wlodkowski Executive Producer

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Seraphim Falls 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is okay and the acting was top-notch. Some scenes are like "rambo: first blood" others are pure historical montages, like the chinese building the railroad. An explanation as to why one wants to kill the other is shown, but changes in both characters--pre and post explanation--aren't extreme until the end of the film. This means between action scenes the film slows down. The slow build works well, but "the proposition" was too great of a film to make this one stand out. Angelica huston pretty much played the devil and was out of place. The film would have been better if some scenes were cut out, thereby allowing the film to flow better as a whole the soundtrack was a little weak too.
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